Russia registers the world's first coronavirus vaccine, Putin says his daughter was given a shot

俄罗斯注册全球首款新冠病毒疫苗 普京称其女儿已经接种

MOSCOW: President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Russia had become the world's first country to grant regulatory approval to a COVID-19 vaccine after less than two months of human testing, a move hailed by Moscow as evidence of its scientific prowess.


The vaccine still has to complete final trials, raising concerns among some experts at the speed of its approval, but the Russian business conglomerate Sistema has said it expects to put it into mass production by the end of the year.



Russian health workers treating COVID-19 patients will be offered the chance of volunteering to be vaccinated in the coming weeks, a source told Reuters last month.


Regulatory approval paves the way for the mass inoculation of the Russian population and authorities hope it will allow the economy, which has been battered by fallout from the virus, to return to full capacity.


Kirill Dmitriev, head of Russia's sovereign wealth fund, hailed the development as a historic "Sputnik moment", comparable to the Soviet Union's 1957 launch of Sputnik 1, the world's first satellite.

俄罗斯主权财富基金主管基里尔•德米特里耶夫称赞这一进展为历史性的“Sputnik时刻”,可与苏联1957年发射的全球第一颗人造卫星“Sputnik 1”相提并论。

The vaccine will be marketed under the name 'Sputnik V' on foreign markets, he said. State media have trumpeted the news.

他说,这种疫苗将以“Sputnik V”的名称在海外市场销售。官方媒体大肆宣传这一消息。

But the speed at which Russia has moved, approving a vaccine before the final stages of clinical trials to test safety and efficacy are over, has worried some scientists, who fear Moscow may be putting national prestige before safety.


Speaking at a government meeting on state television, Putin dismissed those concerns, saying the vaccine, developed by Moscow's Gamaleya Institute, was safe and that it had even been administered to one of his daughters.


"I know that it works quite effectively, forms strong immunity, and I repeat, it has passed all the needed checks," said Putin.


He said he hoped mass production would start soon.




The vaccine's approval by the health ministry comes before the start of a larger trial involving thousands of participants, commonly known as a Phase III trial.


Such trials, which require a certain rate of participants catching the virus to observe the vaccine's effect, are normally considered essential precursors for a vaccine to receive regulatory approval.


The Moscow-based Association of Clinical Trials Organizations (ACTO), a trade body representing the world's top drugmakers in Russia this week urged the health ministry to postpone approval until that final trial had been successfully completed.


In a letter to the ministry, it said there were high risks associated with registering a drug before that happened.


"It is during this phase that the main evidence of a vaccine's efficacy is collected, as well as information on adverse reactions that could appear in certain groups of patients: people with weakened immunity, people with concomitant diseases and so forth," it said.


Some international experts have also questioned the speed at which Russia approved its vaccine.


"Normally you need a large number of people to be tested before you approve a vaccine," said Peter Kremsner from the University Hospital in Tuebingen, currently testing CureVac's COVID-19 vaccine in clinical trials.

图宾根大学医院的Peter Kremsner目前正在对CureVac的新冠疫苗进行临床试验,他说:“在批准疫苗之前,通常需要进行大量的人体试验。”

"In that respect, I think it's reckless to do that (approve it) if lots of people haven't already been tested."


More than 100 possible vaccines are being developed around the world to try to stop the COVID 19 pandemic. At least four are in final Phase III human trials, according to WHO data.




Praveen Chand




Saksham Agrawal

congratulations Putin for your marvellous work to save mankind



Pradip Malaker

Putin you may be next to God if the vaccine is successful.




Great work. Congratulation. Hope that humanity will be saved now.



Chandra Shekhar Rao P

Hopeful that this vaccine may prevent the transmission of the deadly virus and hel the humans. Lets be positive to see the vaccine to work with wonder.




The Russian president and Russia is not much different from . I don’t think a vaccine is ever possible or if made would work for a virus that mutates at such a high speed rate. A wrong vaccine will make something which will be more dangerous than covid 19. As usually the Indians are gonna lap it up.



bv subash

however something is better than nothing.

let's appreciate Russians.

put the nation first.



sitaksh chhabra

good work. its wait and watch situation




people need to read the article carefully before commenting. The vaccine is only coming to the public by END OF THE YEAR. Hence it is similar to other phase three vaccines which have gone through safety and efficacy trials (phase one and two) In the phase three over 10,000 volunteers need to be vaccinated and observed sday and night. Thats what Russia and the others are doing.




Well worth a try on exsting patients. Besides, I do not think Russia would jeopardize their image. But then again, how trusted are their data considering they aren’t releasing them to mainstream media. Can only hope for the best.




I have full trust in Russia Claim. I LIKE RUSSIA



Nahusha Nagaraja

I stand by Mr. Putin on this development...




we should not come to a conclusion.We can wait and see



Truth Is Bitter

If it is done without proper studies, will be more dangerous than COVID !!



Parthasarathy Ramaswamy

we should welcome this vaccine to begin with in the current emergent situation.



Sankar Prasath

Welcome move



Swapan K Dutta

Great achievement



Tribhuvan Darbari

Tribhuvan Darbari- The good news from Russia- one of India's most trusted friend has filled hope and happiness in the hearts of everyone. Once the mass production of the Russian COVID-19 vaccine begins, things will start becoming normal once again and we hope and wish for it.



Yash Pal

We require at least 20 times the number of vials that Russia requires. That number can only be manufactured in India. We will have to wait for about 3 months to see the side effects of mass vaccination on population. Only then we may be able to use it in India on mass scale.



Dilip Kumar Khetan

This is good news for whole world.



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